Police Business

We missed a few SPD Blotter items yesterday. Time to catch up:

SPD’s Vice/High-Risk Victims Unit busted up a spa on 95th and Aurora:

Seattle Police Vice and High Risk Victims Unit detectives received information that a business in the 9500 Block of Aurora Avenue North was being used as a front for prostitution activity.  Detectives began an undercover operation which confirmed the illegal activity.  During the course of that investigation, detectives established that the business owners had knowledge of the prostitution.

On February 7th detectives and members of the North Precinct Anti-Crime Team served simultaneous warrants on the business and the owner’s residence in Shoreline.  Cash was seized during the service of the search warrant. A witness at the business provided additional information to detectives confirming the illegal activity.  The owners, a 42 year old female and a 37 year old male were arrested and booked into the King County Jail for promoting prostitution.  This remains an ongoing investigation.

Detectives arrested a man who allegedly shot another man in the butt during a robbery:

Robbery detectives had developed leads from Friday night’s robbery in the 100 Block of Yale Avenue North.  Information developed during the investigation lead detectives to a possible suspect.  He was positively identified by the victim during a photo montage.  On February 7th, at approximately 3:30 PM, detectives were informed that the suspect was at the apartment building where the robbery occurred.  They immediately responded and took the suspect into custody.  The 49 year old suspect told detectives that he was the one who was robbed and stabbed in front of the building that night, and denied any knowledge of shooting anyone.  The Robbery Unit will continue to follow up on this investigation.  The suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of  Robbery and Assault.

And, uh, this happened:

West Precinct Burglary/Theft detectives are investigating a burglary at a First Hill condominium building at the border of the West and East Precincts.  The two suspects, a man and a woman, reportedly followed a tenant into the lockout building in order to gain access and remain, looking for suitable target areas and items. 

After obtaining surveillance images of the suspects, the case detective disseminated an electronic bulletin with images of the probable offenders.  Within 30 minutes of the detective emailing the bulletin internally, East Precinct Bike Team officers identified one of the two persons pictured.  The man is a known felon who frequents areas in both the East and West Precincts and has been arrested numerous times in both.

The case detective took this new information and learned that the subject was in King County Jail, having been arrested recently on an outstanding Department of Corrections felony warrant (the subject is on active probation and violated it) near Freeway Park five days after the First Hill burglary.  The detective also discovered that the subject’s personal property logged in at the jail included items linking him to the First Hill burglary.  The detective will be pursuing charges against this individual based upon the new information.  The detective continues to investigate the identity of the female accomplice.